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Category Archives: Rampisham Down
Rampisham Down: We Won!
Regular readers will recall the story of Rampisham Down and the plan to build a solar farm on a nationally important grassland Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). I have written about this case … Continue reading
Posted in grasslands, Rampisham Down, Solar Farms Tagged new nature blog, Rampisham, Rampisham Down, Solar Farms 19 Comments
Rampisham Down Saved?
There has been some good news about Rampisham Down and its future. The developers British Solar Renewables have resubmitted their proposals to develop a smaller (but still highly profitable) solar farm on arable land adjacent to the SSSI, so that … Continue reading
Posted in Rampisham Down, renewable energy, Solar Farms Tagged British Solar Renewables, Rampisham Down, Solar Farms 5 Comments
West Dorset reject solar farm on landscape grounds
Some readers may recall that last year West Dorset District Council approved proposals for a 25MW solar farm to be built at Rampisham Down, inside the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and directly on a Site of Special Scientific … Continue reading
Posted in British Solar Renewables, Rampisham Down, Solar Farms, Uncategorized Tagged Rampisham, Sadborow lane, Solar Farms 2 Comments
Rampisham Down: British Solar Renewables have a digital spring clean
With only a little over 4 months to go before the Rampisham Down Public Inquiry gets underway, British Solar Renewables has been having a digital clear out, getting rid of information that might not put it in the best light … Continue reading
Mynthurst Appeal decision another nail in the Rampisham Solar Farm Coffin?
The big news is that the date for the Rampisham Down Public Inquiry has been set for 13th September 2016. This is quite a long time away and should give all parties enough time to marshal their evidence and arguments. … Continue reading
Posted in Rampisham Down, Solar Farms, Uncategorized Tagged AONB, Green Belt, Rampisham Down, Solar Farm Leave a comment
More on the #Rampisham Propaganda War.
After yesterday’s blog about describing the opening salvo’s in the propaganda war that’s started in advance of the Rampisham Solar Farm public inquiry, more shots come thick and fast. Dorset Eye, a Dorset community media website, have published a … Continue reading
Rampisham: the propaganda war begins
It was inevitable that with the announcement of the Public Inquiry for the Rampisham Down Solar Farm, the developers would break cover and start a media campaign to persuade the public that their position is the right one. So it … Continue reading
Rampisham Down planning permission called in for Public Inquiry
Good news today from the Department for Communities and Local Government. New Secretary of State Greg Clark has decided that West Dorset District Council’s extraordinary decision to give planning permission for a 50ha solar farm on a Site of Special … Continue reading
Posted in public inquiries, Rampisham Down, Solar Farms, SSSis, Uncategorized Tagged Public Inquiry, Rampisham Down, Solar Farms, SSSIs 15 Comments
Rampisham Down in Flower: what British Solar Renewables don’t want you to see
I thought it would be a good idea to see how Rampisham Down was looking as we have had some good weather and the site had received some (not enough but a start) grazing in the winter to remove some … Continue reading
The Solar Farm Gold Rush is over
This spring it was almost as though there was a gold rush around here, but the gold was a very generous public subsidy for private landowners to build solar farms; and the subsidy magically … Continue reading